Flower language
Posted November 28, 2020 at 12:00 am

The past few updates have been steeped in flower language. Isa chose each one deliberately. Reader Nicholas Wanberg very helpfully explained what a lot of them meant, and here is their comment for you to read:

"1. Floriography. In floriography, periwinkle can symbolize serenity, calmness, winter, and ice, appropriate here because everybody's going unconscious and calm afterwards, I suppose, but it can alternatively represent friendships, sentimental memories, and everlasting love. Some of those possible meanings being appropriate are obvious, but "memories" are especially apt, as its story and memory that's a key aspect of this scene so far, while "everlasting love" has some common threads with the symbolism for ivy, which might reinforce the idea that this is a romantic bond and possibly a symbolic marriage taking place here.

2. The Flower of Death. Periwinkle is also the "flower of death," used to adorn dead children or placed on criminals about to be executed and thus has symbolic associations with death. This makes an opposing symbol to the ivy, which was associated with immortality.

3. Religious Symbolism. The periwinkle is also associated in some religious practices with the Virgin Mary. Many Catholic paintings and stained glass windows show Mary together with periwinkle flowers. This has led to the use of periwinkle crowns also for brides on their wedding day in some predominantly Catholic countries. Together with the symbolism of 2 symbolically marks this as both a wedding and a funeral.

4. Sorcerer's Violet. The periwinkle is also called "sorcerer's violet." It was believed to be gatherable only on certain days of the month by a pure individual. It could also protect from devils and could be eaten in powdered form (note that it's actually bad tasting and poisonous) to ensure marital bliss.

Overall, linked with the ivy, we're probably looking at a general symbolic thrust toward marriage and everlasting love alongside death, funeral rites and immortality."

And here is a bit more from team IsaMeg:

English Ivy: English Ivy is a green, creeping vine, which also lends itself to imagery from Oz, where Emma and Warrick fought the mass of vines repeatedly. Used in weddings, it symbolizes fidelity. To the Druids, it symbolized peace. (Source)

Periwinkle: In addition to the comment above, periwinkles are either light blue or lavender. Some can be white or pink. The light blue ones symbolize purity and the beginning of a friendship you want to last. White ones symbolize memories and long-lasting love. Periwinkles are pretty parasitic as well: plant them in a garden and they'll spread quickly. (Source)

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